With the release of Sue Bird, another monument to women’s basketball that is nearing its end. Four-time Olympic champion, two-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP, best rebounder in league history, with the most double-doubles to his credit, Sylvia Fowles yesterday played his last game at Target Center, his home for eight years after seven seasons with the Chicago Sky.
The last loss (96-69) suffered against the Seattle Storm compromises a little more the participation of the Minnesota Lynx in the playoffs with a game at the end, which is really necessary to win tonight on the floor of the Connecticut Sun. At 36, the interior already announced the end of his career at the end of the season, and therefore thanked his fans for their unconditional support.
“I’m so grateful”he said after the game. “Coming into this season I didn’t want all the attention, but as I went on I realized the level of love and appreciation these fans have for me throughout the league. I would never take for granted. So thank you for everything you’ve done in my career. It’s been an amazing journey and I appreciate you all. »
Before the meeting, Sylvia Fowles admitted that she does not regret her decision to leave the world of professional basketball. The adventure would have been rich, it was time for the former dunk player to move on.
“I will leave on my terms. I think on the contrary, if I had to push a little towards the exit, maybe it would be more difficult. But I am very happy with the decision I made, and I am happy to see what life brings after basketball.”he slipped. “After I finished, no, I didn’t like playing basketball. I said that because you sacrifice a lot for basketball. I just want the weather to be a little more normal. And normal is not caring about basketball, unless my kids play it one day. I have things planned that I want to do. I want to travel to some places, but we’ll see where life takes me. »
Give it your all until the end
Yesterday’s meeting was full of emotions, especially when her coach Cheryl Reeve couldn’t hold back some tears when her son left.
“We invest a lot in each other. Sylvia gave us everything she had. In good times, in bad times, you can count on him. I hope he can say the same about our team and what we’re trying to do with them. We are always trying to evolve, to add something to his game. And he was always motivated to do that,” he confessed. “He’s someone who’s always been underserved, underappreciated. Obviously not by our fans. But I think for him, he’s always had the mentality, ‘I’m just doing my job’. And I think when you come to the end and look at his work from beginning to end, he should be like, ‘Wow. I did it well. »
Only the loss marred the night, though Fowles will approach the possible final game of his career as a starter, playing hard.
“The thing that touched me the most was seeing the faces of my teammates, and hearing them apologize to me. It hurts a little, you know? It’s like that and it’s been part of our season this year. Ups and downs, ups and downs”he added. “But I just want them to know that I’m proud of them. I don’t think it’s about winning or losing. I think it’s about how you approach each game and how you treat each other. We must not lower our heads as we say during our gathering. We have one more game. »